LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2018) — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl and the NCAA Volleyball Tournament begin this Friday and will impact traffic and parking on campus. To plan for your commute, please see details below:
NCAA Volleyball Tournament
The University of Kentucky volleyball team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Memorial Coliseum, where Purdue University will take on East Tennessee State University. The second game will take place at 7:30 p.m. between the Wildcats and Murray State University, with the winner of the two matches scheduled to meet for the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Visit the UK Athletics website for additional information and to purchase tickets.
The NCAA Volleyball Tournament is not expected to have significant parking-related impacts on campus, although commuters may experience more traffic than usual in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5). Do expect an increase in bus traffic and traffic in general on North Campus.
KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
The KHSAA Football playoffs will be held over three days at Kroger Field starting this Friday. High school football fans are expected to travel from across the Commonwealth to cheer on teams in six classes for the 2018 KHSAA Gridiron Bowl Championship. The first game will begin 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and the final game is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the second year that Kroger Field will be the site of the championship games, which drew over 52,000 fans last year. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.KHSAA.org.
UK Employees: UK employees who park near Kroger Field should experience very limited, if any, impact to their typical parking routines on Friday morning. Starting at 1 p.m., employees may notice an increase in parking demand in intermediate lots and the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) as periphery permit holders relocate vehicles away from Kroger Field. Employees may park in any other intermediate employee parking lot.
UK Students: Beginning 1 p.m. Friday, on-campus residential students with periphery (K) permits are asked to move their vehicles from the periphery lots (Kroger Field Red and Blue Lots, Soccer/Softball Lots and Commonwealth Drive lots) as soon as possible but no later than 7 a.m. Saturday. Vehicles may be returned to the periphery parking lots after 6 p.m. Sunday, but no later than 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Unlike a typical home football weekend, R7 permit holders will not be required to relocate their vehicles.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC): E-BCTC and C-BCTC permit holders will be authorized to park in the Sports Center Garage (PS #7) from Friday through Sunday. The Green Lot will remain accessible to valid BCTC permit holders throughout the weekend. However, BCTC permit holders are strongly encouraged to utilize the Sports Center Garage for a more predictable and easily accessible parking choice.
Friday, Nov. 30:
Noon: KHSAA Football Championship fan parking begins and is restricted to the Green Lot (BCTC) and Kroger Field periphery areas (Soccer/Softball and Commonwealth Drive lots). Event employees and fan overflow parking will be directed to Immanuel Baptist Church, accessible by shuttle to Kroger Field.
1 p.m.: All campus intermediate lots and the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) transition to off-peak control to allow on-campus residential students with periphery (K) permits and employees with periphery (EK) permits to relocate vehicles away from the Kroger Field lots.
1:30 p.m.: KHSAA football parking is authorized in the Blue and Red Lots in addition to the Green, Soccer/Softball and Commonwealth Drive lots.
5 p.m.: KHSAA football parking will be authorized in the Orange Lot, in addition to the other Kroger Field lots.
Saturday, Dec. 1:
7 a.m.: K permit vehicles must be relocated from Kroger Field lots. KHSAA football parking is authorized in all Kroger Field lots, in addition to the University Drive Garage (PS #1).
Sunday, Dec. 2:
6 p.m. Sunday: Games are expected to be completed and parking returns to normal control.